What are some suitable schools for my academic skill and my field of interest?

<p>I'm a sophomore soon-to-be junior in HS and I've been struggling a bit this year with grades. My unweighted GPA is a 3.4 (two C's this year, one in an AP course and the other in Algebra II ='[ ) but weighted it's somewhere around a 3.7 or a 3.8, which I think is decent, but definitely not qualifiable for an elite school which I'm content with. I plan on taking AP Language and Comp. along with dual-enrolling at a community college for some of my classes next year. I plan on joining clubs and extracurriculars once I can get a car, which I am hoping would be by the end of the summer. I have not taken the ACTs or SATs yet. </p>

<p>I've been wanting to study Linguistics (I really don't know what I'd do with a degree in that area, though), Psychology and/or possibly Media in college (I'm still a bit undecided) so I do want to get into a good school, and I'm not persuing for an Ivy League. I've been looking into UF and NYU but I'm not sure how much of a chance I have, and I understand UF is becoming harder and harder to get into. What would be some other choices for me?</p>

<p>In what state do you live? What can your parents afford for college?</p>

<p>If you want to go to UF or NYU, really try raising your GPA to a 3.75 or higher. At UF, 88% of admitted students had a 3.75+ GPA. NYU has a lower admit rate, but for some reason, College Board shows that only 35% of admittees had a 3.75+ GPA.</p>

<p>So basically, get your GPA up to 3.75 or higher. Get at least a 2000 on the SAT if you can (or a 29+ on the ACT). Have at least two really strong extracurriculars, and you've got a really good shot. You've still got a year and a half to raise your GPA, so don't sweat it too much.</p>

<p>Other choices... if you're looking for a great linguistics program with a reasonable admit rate, Ohio State and Chicago are options. Chicago is pretty hard, though.</p>

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Other choices... if you're looking for a great linguistics program with a reasonable admit rate, Ohio State and Chicago are options. Chicago is pretty hard, though.

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<p>Chicago's admit rate is 18%, and its average SATs are significantly higher than most of the Ivies. It's not a reasonable choice for OP.</p>

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In what state do you live? What can your parents afford for college?

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<p>I'm in FL. My parents aren't at the greatest financial state but my father was in the Vietnam War and he's talked about a GI Bill and since he won't be using it, he has been saying that it might help pay for college. I have not looked into it thoroughly though. I'm expecting to do a bunch of little scholarships to help me out with tuition.</p>

<p>Although it would be easier for me going to a FL school, I'd love to try to see where I could go up north - I'm tired of this humidity!</p>

<p>Some northern schools you may not have looked into, that would likely be reaches:
Tufts (from the people I met there, it seemed like a great school)
Bates
Fordham (in NY, pretty good, with it's own "style" of student)
Northeastern (a pretty strong reach, but possible, depending)
Wesleyan</p>

<p>I'm not entirely sure which ones would be far vs. close reaches, but look into some of these schools, see what their student body is like and whether they might be attainable (and that means affordable, too... not sure about aid at these schools). But right now the more information you have on potential schools, I figure, the better. These are some of the schools I debate with, whose team members I find pleasant (I know, a skewed opinion, yet that's how I view other schools).</p>

<p>decrescendo: numbers are misleading. The "core" NYU undergraduate schools (CAS, Stern, Tisch, Steinhardt, Gallatin) are significantly more difficult to get into than UF. A 3.6 GPA and 2000 SAT are pretty much the minimum.</p>

<p>phuriku - collegeboard said Chicago's admit rate was 27%?
nyyankees2012 - that makes sense... those numbers seemed illogical haha</p>

<p>Bump..</p>

<p>When would be a good time to start signing up for scholarships (I'm hoping I can get one of the bright future's scholarships). I'm going to be dual-enrolling at a local community college and I plan on getting my AA degree once I graduate.</p>